Sit & Listen | Sunday Conversations on Racism

I sat and listened. Story after story told by new friends about their personal experiences with racism. These weren’t stories they heard from their grandparents or stories they read on Facebook.  They were not retelling a story filtered down from a friend of a friend of a friend.  These stories were theirs.  The experiences were owned….

Community Is Discovered

Community is not created.  We are already connected to one another.  The moment we realize a connection between ourselves and another person is when we begin to build community.  It is these connections that lie under the surface which we fail to see because of the barriers constructed either by ourselves or the culture in which we live.  If we…

LOVE ENDURES | Broken & Contemplating

Wishing violence upon someone or carrying out a violent act looks NOTHING like Christ – NOTHING.

We are called to be men and women who stand up for the oppressed.

We are urged to be a people unified in their love for those who don’t look like us, think like us, vote like us or believe like us.

The Jesus I read of in the ancient texts is one who would mourn with those families of loved ones lost through all of the violent acts we’ve seen so publicly in the last week. He would be in Dallas, and Baton Rouge, and Falcon Heights.

I believe His heart is broken because we would rather argue about who is right and live in denial of oppression than really look at the system and walk with those suffering in hopes that we could bring more hope, grace, and peace through sacrificial love.

Begin To Savor | Thoughts on Life in Middle America

Perhaps it’s a 50/50 shot at happiness. Perhaps we are all doomed. Perhaps we are all destined for greatness. There are times when I can identify with any of the previous spots on the emotional life outlook spectrum.  I’m all over the map from day to day, hour to hour but I’m in recovery. I…

A Few Thoughts & A Letter To Phil Robertson | Duck Dynasty | Conversation

Seeing that everyone else in the Christian community has posted their thoughts, the vast majority being “outraged” I STAND WITH PHIL! hoopla, I wanted to offer a few thoughts/questions before people get crazy and start “preaching” via Facebook and really do some damage to the world’s perspective on the Christian community and I also wanted…

Are You Choosing To Fall?

It’s a simple question that can range across the board: How Much? When this question popped into my mind in the early morning hours it wasn’t about money, or time, or anything with a risk attached to it.  I asked myself, “How much?” because I am pondering how much I love Christ.  How much I…

A Beautiful Truth

A little thought for today. Do we fail to do more, live up to our “potential”, pursue what our soul cries out for, because we don’t allow ourselves to view the world, which includes ourself, as God sees? I think so. For me, it’s my own self doubt and fear of failure that causes me…

The Exxon Valdez

There is a brilliant song by the band mewithoutyou called “A Glass Can Only Spill What It Contains” which was passed on to me by a good friend.  The song is worth a listen and you should do so.  But it was the title from the start that spurred my thinking.  My pondering can, at…

Violence of Christianity

Today I wanted to share something that recently inspired me again. I say ‘again’ because I heard Peter Rollins give this talk at the Poets Prophets and Preachers conference I attended in Grand Rapids in 2009. I hope you are inspired as well. Today, may you find love. May you give all of yourself for…

It’s Changing

Allow love to be my foundation and purpose for all that I do during my day has really change the way I view everything.  It is changing my perspective. Once again, God is shifting my perspective.  These are usually incredibly tough on me spiritually, but at this moment, this shift is beautiful. Today, may your…

Set Love Free

So much of our life is consumed and saturated with everything but love.  We can convince ourselves that Love is in this or Love is why we do that, but do we ever just live life fueled with Love and nothing else? I want to begin to love in a way that it is the…

Another Reminder

I wanted to simply offer a snippet filled with Hope.  In light of processing all of God’s creation, I am in awe of Him. His very nature. His Love.  His Grace. His majestic artistry. All of this processing and meditating has me wondering a few things about God.  It has me pondering big questions that…

The Tree Reminds Me

I recently watch The Tree of Life a film by Terrence Malick.  It was a truly beautiful film and was unlike any other film I’ve ever seen. Rather than give you a synopsis of the film I want to share what The Tree of Life reminded me and perhaps revealed to me for the first…

For All To Hear

Outside of the obvious, there is something incredibly powerful beneath the surface when it comes to death.  Something that doesn’t quite bring joy. Even when a person has been suffering and leaves this earth for what’s beyond, we still grieve.  I grieve not for them, but for me.  I grieve because I will miss them,…